Container Growing

Suitable for container growing:

Barbados Cherry   Cinnamon   Coffee   Custard Apple   Guava   Jaboticaba   Longan   Loquat   Mango   Miracle Berry   Natal Plum   Plumeria   Pomegranate   Soursop   Starfruit   Sugar Apple   Suriname Cherry   Wax

Not suitable for container growing:

Atemoya   Avocado   Banana   Bamboo   Cass   Curry   Fig   Jamaican Cherry   Jamun   Jujube   Loquat   Monkey Pod   Moringa   Mulberry   Neem   Papaya   Rainbow Eucalyptus   Royal Empress   Vetiver   White Sapote


Growing Trees in Containers-  Phoenix weather conditions


Growing trees in containers in the Phoenix Climate is possible! Many trees are suited for container culture and are appropriate for gardeners growing on a patio or small-scale garden. In addition, some trees and plants are more cold-sensitive and are best grown in a container that can be moved indoors during winter.


5 Tips for Container Growing


  • Chose a suitable-sized pot. If you purchase a plant that is a 7- gallon, replant in a pot that is a size up like a 10-gallon. Also, consider functionality. It is easier to move a 15-gallon pot out of the full sun or cold temperatures than it is to move something larger. Take into consideration whether the plant is suited to a smaller pot size such as a 15-gallon. 
  • Mulch! Mulch! Mulch! Use at least a 6-inch mulch layer to keep the pot from drying out.
  • Add regular applications of soil sulfur. Soil Sulfur lowers the pH and helps wash salts out of the container. Salt build-up around the root zone causes the tree’s health to decline quickly.
  • Feed regularly and frequently. Container plants will require more frequent feeding than inground plants because nutrients get washed out of the pot with watering. The care guide page has more detailed information. Link to page
  • Water frequently. Consider the water needs of the tree and ensure that the watering adaptions are made to accommodate the plant. More information is on the care page.
  • Use quality soil and compost. Use a good soil mix suited to the needs of the tree and quality products such as fresh worm castings and fresh compost.
  • Apply Chelated Iron and manganese. Many trees, especially tropicals can become deficient in iron and manganese due to the high soil pH. Apply regularly to maintain plant health.


Here is a small list of trees that are suited for container growing. Choose suitably sized pots for the type of tree. 


  • Achacha
  • Apple
  • Asian Pear
  • Dwarfing bamboo
  • Dwarf bananas.
  • Cacao
  • Fig(choose less vigorous varieties)
  • Citrus( oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats, mandarins, tangerines)
  • Dragon fruit
  • Guava
  • Jabitocaba
  • Jamun
  • Loquat
  • Mango
  • Noni
  • Persimmon
  • Plum
  • Rose apple
  • Wax Jamboo


The following trees are not suitable for container growing:

  • Avocado
  • Large  Banana varieties, 
  • Large Bamboo varieties, 
  • Banyan Fig 
  • Bodhi Tree  Cass? 
  • Carob  
  • Curry(not long-term)
  • Jacaranda  
  • Jamaican Cherry     
  • Jujube     
  • Monkey Pod   
  • Moringa   
  • Mulberry   
  • Neem   
  • Papaya 
  • Pecan
  • Pomegranate  
  • Rainbow Eucalyptus   
  • Royal  Poinsiana/ Empress  
  • Tamarind 
  • Vetiver   
  • White Sapote